Things That Go Bump In the Night In a Rental Cottage

The refrigerator is crepitating —
in the middle of the night it goes snap, crackle and pop.
At first it was frightening
and now it is just irritating and I wish it would stop.
I would call the management company
for help in getting the crepitating to stop
but I bothered them about internet access
when it was all my fault — wrong password for my laptop.
And so each night around three
I awake and anticipate a snap, crackle and pop.
Actually, I think I would miss it, if there were no crepitating —
just a creepy stillness without any comforting snap, crackle and pop.

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